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General Fandom
It's time for Hollywood to embrace the female super villain: Cher Martinetti (blog) - "Yes, women need to have a strong, positive presence in pop culture, but what about the bad guys -- or, more specifically, bad girls? It's time for Hollywood, and audiences, to embrace the villainess."
topic:femalecharacter, topic:villains


How The "Godfather of Anime" Screwed Up Modern Anime: Toshi Nakamura (blog) - "Basically, Tezuka did a George Lucas and supported his creation through merchandising and his own money. This lay the groundwork for the anime production model: Make an anime a cheaply as possible and make up the loss through tie-in goods and character merch. Because Tezuka was basically the God of manga in Japan, no one questioned his methods and this became the norm."
fandom:anime


Figures of Empire: On the Impossibility of Superhero Diversity: James Lamb (blog) - "Whether as friendly bystanders, costumed sidekicks, everyday henchmen or caped vigilantes, race and gender minorities exist in superhero comic media to validate and define the normative Whiteness central to the genre's narratives."
topic:superheroes, topic:race, topic:diversity, topic:history, topic:comics


Please Don't Hunt Me Down and Harass Me: Chris Gavaler (blog) - "It was published in England's Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics in 2013, and its argument is part of the book: superheroes are descended from the KKK. Actually superheroes are descended from all kinds of things, and the Klan is just one of them, an idea Major Spoilers still found "hard to swallow.""
topic:superheroes, topic:history


If You Perceive "Girly" Superheroes as Lesser, isn't the Problem You?: Keith Chow (blog) - "While I understand why some folks feel like the Supergirl preview gave off a rom-com vibe — particularly from the music cues in its first half — I don't know why that's necessarily a bad thing."
topic:superheroes, topic:femalecharacter, topic:sexism


Fantasy must shake off the tyranny of the mega-novel: Damien Walter (blog) - "The triumph of George RR Martin has made publishers greedy for multi-volume stories, but not all authors can write them – and why should they?"
topic:fantasy, topic:publishing


Fantasy cannot build its imaginary worlds in short fiction: Natasha Pulley (blog) - "'Mega-novels' are not a marketing wheeze, but a necessarily giant scaffolding for vast imaginative reach"
topic:fantasy, topic:publishing


Untitled: mmanalysis, nicolerichiesuberdriver, five-quid (Tumblr) - "I have been trying to go back to stuff I watched when I was a kid, to see if it's actually good or I'm just succumbing to nostalgia."
topic:television, topic:diversity


Inside China's Insane Witch Hunt For Slash Fiction Writers: Kevin Tang (blog) - "Eight erotic fiction sites, or "slash fiction sites," have been shut down and their staff arrested in China's newest anti-porn sweeps."
topic:censorship, topic:slash


Why Is Fan Fiction So Powerful: Kaye Toal (blog) - "We talked to Rainbow Rowell, author of Fangirl and the forthcoming Carry On, about the power of taking what you love into yourself."
topic:fanfic


The Invisible Man(liness): Eva Hayles Gledhill (blog) - "In this model, femininity becomes something that is added to someone, measured against the assumed neutrality of invisible masculinity."
topic:language, topic:feminism, topic:gender, topic:superheroes


It's-A Me, Mary Sue: Why She's An Important Figure For Fanfic And Fangirls: Sam Maggs (blog) - "Why isn't it okay to hate on Mary Sues?"
topic:fanfic, topic:marysue


May I Kill Him? Lisbeth Salander and the Rise of Feminist Noir: Zack Budryk (blog) - "As I got older, something sort of similar happened: I both fell in love with both the noir* genre and learned more about intersectional feminism (a process that isn't, and will never be, complete), and I encountered a sort of dilemma: a lot of noir and neo-noir is kind of extremely misogynistic."
topic:noir, topic:feminism


The Problem with Hollywood Super-Dudes: Chris Gavaler (blog) - "So to analyze the nature of Hollywood superheroes, I'm calling in two experts from opposite ends of the literary spectrum: Fyodor Dostoyevsky, one of the most acclaimed novelists of Russian literature, and Blake Snyder, a third-rate screenwriter that Sylvester Stallone once likened to a flatworm."
topic:movies, topic:superheroes, topic:criticism


All I Want Are Chicks with Agency Blowing Shit Up!: Ginnis Tonik (blog) - "And it's not enough, because of the continued dearth of female heroes and villains in our contemporary pop culture landscape."
topic:superheroes, topic:femalecharacter


Watch Out! She's Got Science!: On the Portrayal of Female Scientists in Media: Alex Townsend (blog) - "But just what kind of role models do we have out there for a world that desperately needs more female scientists? Well, there's more than you might think, both good and bad, in the worlds of fiction."
topic:science, topic:femalecharacter


Advice for Robert Downey, Jr.: Richard Brody (journal) - "Actually, both Iñárritu and Downey have recently delivered great caricatures, not on screen but in speech. Iñárritu, in the interview last fall that featured the "cultural genocide" charge, caricatured superhero movies even better than he did in "Birdman." Then, last week, Downey caricatured independent films."
topic:movies


Untitled: mmanalysis, ununnilium, oshkeet (Tumblr) - "One thing I wish people would get less in a huff about is when they say 'alternative interpretations against canon ultimately hurt canon because doesn't learn from it and continues to perpetuate whatever dumb/gross thing we were trying to explain away'"
topic:canon, topic:fanon


Oh, My Pop Culture Judaism: King Solomon the Superhero: mikelywhiplash (blog) - "But while his predecessors stayed within their own narrative arcs, Solomon built his own canon. He has an origin story, he has adventures, he fights monsters, and he even comes with his own set of accessories."
topic:religion, topic:history, topic:superheroes


Why Are You Writing a Rape Scene?: Robert Jackson Bennett (blog) - "This isn't an accusation. This is a genuine question. And it's also a subject that's been on my mind just about since I got started writing."
topic:writing, warning:rape


Two books on copyright: rivkat (DW) - "The editors suggest that the things that the "entertainment industry" values don't map very well onto the law, but that industry members nonetheless deploy/interact with the law to get what they want. I like their working definition of franchises: franchises involve connected cultural content that some entity tries to exploit and keep profitable over time."
topic:copyright


Why We Still Need Strong Female Characters: Jenny Cee (blog) - "Some think that in this post Buffy, and Xena generation that we have won the fight, but with the recent release of 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' that it has pretty much shown that the fight for strong, and flesh out female characters is still very important."
topic:femalecharacter, topic:feminism


Jenny Cee's Top Five Favorite AO3 Hacks!: Jenny Cee (blog) - "Yet, despite being ahead of the competition, the A03 seems to be missing some vital things that would browsing for and reading fanfic a hell of lot more easier."
topic:ao3


How To Free Yourself of Tumblr Wank!: Jenny Cee (blog) - "Tumblr can be full of squee and awesome one minute, and more vicious than a lion hunting a gazelle the next."
topic:tumblr


Silly little girls: Slash Fanfiction and Female Sexuality: teresa-dances-in-sequins (Tumblr) - "I'm not saying everything I've written holds true for every slash fan - or for every slash fandom, for that matter. These are just the observations I've gleaned from intense academic research, from my own analysis, and from what other folks in the slash community have kindly shared with me. I wrote this because I care a lot about slash, and frankly, I'm tired of feeling like it's something to be ashamed of."
topic:slash


Meta Monday : I don't drink coffee, a post about AUs: dhampyresa (DW) - "In that post, I outlined three different kinds of AUs, although I am not entirely sure one of them counts as an AU."
topic:fanfic, topic:au


What Is Fiction For?:mild_lunacy (tumblr) - "The desire for pure self-expression (as opposed to socially-oriented moralism) is largely self-explanatory, though the avant-garde impulse gets a lot less attention, especially in discussions within fandom. "
topic:fiction, topic:writing



Technothriller Book Review Sumana: (blog) - "I am glad I read Hackster: The Revolution Begins..., a technothriller by Sankalp Kohli and Paritosh Yadav taking place in modern-day India"
topic:writing



Specific Fandoms

Agent Carter
4 More Ways to #DiversifyAgentCarter: Leigh Anne (blog) - "Curious and inspired, I turned to the library collection for more information. Here are four more character concepts that would be historically accurate if they appeared in Agent Carter."
fandom:agentcarter, topic:diversity, topic:history


#DiversifyAgent Carter Reminds Us That "Because History" Isn't a Reason to Whitewash a Show: Teresa Jusino (blog) - "But even the best shows aren't immune to criticism, and there is one area in which Agent Carter could use some improvement. There are zero characters of color on that show."
fandom:agentcarter, topic:diversity


The Mission: Agent Carter, Diversity in Superhero TV, and a Colorful History: Joseph Phillip Illidge (blog) - "However, while "Agent Carter" succeeds on that front, it clearly has more work to do on another, which is the historical accuracy involving the presence of people of color."
fandom:agentcarter, fandom:mcu, fandom:marvelcomics, topic:diversity


Agents of SHIELD
How Agents of SHIELD Blew It With The Inhumans: Devin Faraci (blog) - "And why SHIELD feels like a bad guy organization."
fandom:agentsofshield


Diversify Cast Regulars on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: A.L. Baroza (blog) - "Here's the problem; as I mentioned in my previous post, the splinter S.H.I.E.L.D. inner council is made up of mostly people of color, as opposed to Coulson's S.H.I.E.L.D., whose MVPs are mainly white. In other words, Gonzales' S.H.I.E.L.D. group, who are represented on screen by POC, are not only positioned as the antagonists to Coulson's S.H.I.E.L.D. — they forcibly took over the organization! — but they are also portrayed as the face of intolerance."
fandom:agentsofshield, topic:racism


Declassified: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - "Scars": The Insightful Panda (blog) - "As the dust settles from the near-cataclysm that was Avengers: Age of Ultron's finale battle, we see how it and its lessons have crossed once again into Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."
fandom:agentsofshield


Declassified: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - "S.O.S. Part 1 & 2": The Insightful Panda (blog) - "So let's break this fantastic episode down and look at the good, the bad and the Inhuman."
fandom:agentsofshield, warning:spoilers


'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 2 finale ends with start of a new war: Gavia Baker-Whitelaw (blog) - "Before we get into the the nitty-gritty of what this all means for next season, let's make one thing abundantly clear: This show is now Skye's superhero origin story."
fandom:agentsofshield, warning:spoilers


American Crime
American Crime: In Defense of Barb Hanlon: Faith Pennick (blog) - "In my opinion, the most compelling character on television right now is Barb Hanlon. Her presence looms large over the shape-shifting ABC drama American Crime."
fandom:americancrime, topic:femalecharacter


Angel
Untitled: kikibluemay (Tumblr) - "Okay, but how do you deal with the fact that Angel is basically an endless tale of manpain told by the perpetrator?"
fandom:angel


Arrow
Where 'Arrow' Season 3 Went Wrong: Kevin Fitzpatrick (blog) - "Now, we attempt to pinpoint where Arrow went astray, including a character absence that may surprise you, and what hope we might find for Season 4."
fandom:arrow, warning:spoilers


Arrow: "This Is Your Sword" - Looking Ahead: The Insightful Panda (blog) - "There is only one more episode of Arrow this season and a greater plan has been set into motion. Through deception and desperation, the most unlikely of alliances has formed. Though is everything that follows going according to plan or horribly wrong."
fandom:arrow


Arrow: "My Name Is Oliver Queen" - Looking Ahead: The Insightful Panda (blog) - "Though despite the predictability – and a LOT of time spent of Olicity – this was still a fun season and a spectacular season finale. In many ways, it could have been considered a Series Finale."
fandom:arrow, warning:spoilers


Avengers: Age of Ultron
Earth's Mightiest Monsters: The Character Arcs of Avengers: Age of Ultron: Devin Faraci (blog) - "Most of my niggling problems with the film simply melted away on a second viewing, and many of the lingering questions felt answered."
fandom:mcu


Helen Cho, Age of Ultron, and Representation Feels: Nicole Soojung Callahan (blog) - "I've seen several tweets and a few reviews panning the movie, and I admit that in the initial heady afterglow of seeing a Korean actor on the silver screen, I couldn't even begin to understand the disappointment."
fandom:mcu, warning:spoilers, topic:representation


Age of Ultron, Part I: James Daily (blog) - "Although the Avengers eventually succeed in destroying Ultron, questions remain: are Stark and Banner in any way liable for the damage caused by Ultron's actions?"
fandom:mcu, topic:law, warning:spoilers


Avengers AOU - What Makes a Monster: Jamie Kingston (blog) - "The movie asks over and over what makes a monster. It even makes some faltering attempts to answer."
fandom:mcu, warning:spoilers


Spoiler Alert: We Are All Monsters: Ashley Reed (blog) - "This is one writer's opinion on the treatment of and response to Black Widow's storyline in Age of Ultron."
fandom:mcu, warning:spoilers, topic:infertility


A guide to the growing controversy over Joss Whedon's Avengers and Marvel's gender problem: Todd VanDerWerff (blog) - "Whedon has been a geek hero for years now, but a few of his directorial choices in Avengers: Age of Ultron have caused many to accuse him of misogyny and call for his head."
fandom:mcu, fandom:josswhedon, warning:spoilers


The Black Widow that I saw in the theater: Scott Sigler (blog) - "AGE OF ULTRON has become a focal point in an ongoing discussion about sexism in entertainment."
fandom:mcu, warning:spoilers


Black Widow, Scarce Resources And High-Stakes Stories: Linda Holmes (blog) - "We were never going to avoid gender politics with a character named "Black Widow.""
fandom:mcu, warning:spoilers, topic:femalecharacter


Untitled: allofthefeelings (tumblr) - "Here's the thing about Natasha's arc in AoU: it actually had a lot of potential to be really good, using what we've learned about her from the past few films, without changing any of the major beats, with a little bit of extrapolation."
fandom:mcu, warning:spoilers


Untitled: teapotsahoy (tumblr) - "Or even just a general discomfort with other people having more control over the Hulk than he does."
fandom:mcu, warning:spoilers



Untitle: septemberbiseur (tumblr) - "I've just returned from seeing Age of Ultron, which proved to be both formally a shambles and so ideologically toxic on every level that I found it difficult to enjoy even those isolated moments that provide competent entertainment"
fandom:mcu, warning:spoilers


Untitled: septemberbriseur (tumblr) - "For me, it wasn't so much the blandness as the shallowness of the thinking."
fandom:mcu, warning:spoilers


Untitled: septemberbriseur (tumblr) - "Of course, the trope of the child in danger gets dragged out a lot in action movies"
fandom:mcu, warning:spoilers


Untitled: septemberbriseur (tumblr) - "To be less grim and depressing: things I enjoyed in AoU!"
fandom:mcu, warning:spoilers


Age Of Ultron Meta and Contrarian Natasha Thoughts:lynnenne (LJ) - "Saw the movie this weekend, and while I didn't quite enjoy it as much as the first Avengers, I think that in many ways it's a better-made film, and hangs together more cohesively. Much of this has to do with the theme of puppetry which runs throughout, so let's get meta-ing."
fandom:mcu, warning:spoilers



The Black Widow Conundrum: Darren Franich (other) - "But if we're being a bit pedantic about the definition of "superhero"—derives from a comic book, has a codename, wears a trademark costume, hangs out with a superteam—then Black Widow reigns supreme. "
fandom:mcu, warning:spoilers


Babylon 5
B5rewatch: Soul Hunter: jedi_of_urth (LJ) - "Okay, that wasn't a very good promo either. It did make me realize something that I probably should have put words to ages ago: this is a bad concept for such an early episode."
fandom:babylon5


Batman
The Dark Knight: An Influential And Prophetic Blockbuster: Siddhant Adlakha (blog) - "It was an important film to a lot of people who were entering film culture at the time, but its significance to Mumbai, my home city, is also rather unfortunate."
fandom:dccu


Episode 55: "Zatanna": The Arkham Sessions (podcast) - "In this episode of The Arkham Sessions, we're excited to analyze Zatanna for the first time, delving into her magical role, not only as Batman's companion, but also as a beloved character in the Bat-verse!"
fandom:dcanimated


Beyond Good and Evil
Jade - Beyond Good & Evil: Anita Sarkeesian (video with transcript) - "This episode of our series on Positive Female Characters focuses on Jade, the protagonist of Ubisoft's 2003 action-adventure game Beyond Good & Evil. We examine how plot elements, gameplay mechanics and smart dialogue work together to make Jade a relatable protagonist who is defined by her professional talents, her altruistic convictions, and her bonds with friends."
fandom:gaming, topic:femalecharacter


Buffy
Darth Rosenberg: Ms Buffy Buff (blog) - "In my opinion, Dark Willow had been a long time coming, so it wasn't a huge surprise to me when everything finally reached breaking point."
fandom:btvs, topic:femalecharacter, topic:villains


Untitled: apprenticebard (Tumblr) - "Do you ever think about the fact that Spike might well have been the first friend Dawn ever made, ever"
fandom:btvs


Random Dawn & Spike Thoughts: apprenticebard (Tumblr) - "Anyways, you know how Dawn and Spike stop interacting in S6, for the most part? We know they had at least some significant offscreen interaction during 'Wrecked', when Spike took Dawn to the hospital, but as far as what we see, their interactions pretty much stop."
fandom:btvs


Untitled: shadowcon (Tumblr) - "I have a big problem with the "Are you ready to be strong?" speech in "Chosen", wherein she rallies the Potentials and tells them of her plan, and I'd thought I'd run my feelings by you, since you're obviously someone who enjoys the show and loves to talk about it."
fandom:btvs


Untitled: apprenticebard (Tumblr) - "OK but how does Spike's chip even function"
fandom:btvs


Untitled: muchbuffy, apprenticebard (Tumblr) - "Seeing Red: The infamous bathroom scene will always be a very loaded topic. Not just because of the horror, but because everyone tends to disagree about it."
fandom:btvs, warning:rape


Second Chances: Faith as Drusilla 2.0: womanaction (Tumblr) - "Therefore, I wanted to write a little piece on Faith and Drusilla and their treatment within the text, especially in relation to Angel(us)."
fandom:btvs, fandom:angel


Untitled: muchbuffy (Tumblr) - "I see the slayer powers as a metaphor for all the things society use against women in order to look down on them."
fandom:btvs


Untitled: muchbuffy (Tumblr) - "I have grave issues with most love stories. They all tend to gloss over problematic and downright creepy behavior, all in the name of love."
fandom:btvs


Buffyverse Characters in Every Hogwarts House: Dawn Summers: apprenticebard (Tumblr) - Essays on how Dawn does and doesn't fit in each of the Hogwarts houses.
fandom:btvs


By the Sword
By the Sword: We're Not In Valdemar Anymore: Ellen Cheeseman-Meyer (blog) - Introduction to the book for those unfamiliar with it.
fandom:valdemar


Captain America
Sexualized Saturdays: Captain America & Male Virginity: Lady Geek Girl (blog) - "For our pop culture to have a character who doesn't follow these rules is rare and frankly revolutionary. That's why I am so happy that Steve Rogers, Captain America himself, is a virgin."
fandom:mcu, topic:sexuality


Chronicles of Narnia
Narnia: There Is No Son Sun: Ana Mardoll (blog) - Deconstruction of chapter 12 of The Silver Chair.
fandom:chroniclesofnarnia, topic:deconstruction


Cosmere
Words of Radiance Reread: Chapter 38: Alice Arneson (blog) - "This week, we pick up in the middle of the same sentence from Shallan's perspective, and watch Shallan and Dalinar drop their respective bombshells."
fandom:cosmere


Daredevil
Fiskal Responsibility: How a Supervillain Did Right by Autistic Characters: Zack Budryk (blog) - "D'Onofrio's Fisk is the exact inverse: he's a very bad man whose apparent disability humanizes him, showing us just how vulnerable he is emotionally."
fandom:daredevil, topic:disability


Darna
Darna: 'The Filipino Wonder Woman': Philip Smith (blog) - "Conversely, there are those who maintain that Mars Ravelo, Darna's creator, was pitching the idea of a female superhero in 1939, two years before Wonder Woman's first comic book appearance. In such a timeline Darna is not a Wonder Woman clone, but a character who emerged independently around the same time."
fandom:darna, fandom:comics


Doctor Who
NuWho Rewatch: Amy's Choice: louisedennis (LJ) - "It's a lot less interested in playing the science-fictional game associated with dream realities than it is in show-casing the dynamics around the three central characters."
fandom:doctorwho



NuWho Rewatch: Vampires of Venice: louisedennis (LJ) - "Vampires of Venice is, well, oddly unremarkable."
fandom:doctorwho


NuWho Rewatch: Time of the Angels/Flesh and Stone: louisedennis (LJ) - "To be honest the most notable thing about this episode is the things that were to reoccur, such as the church militant, River's imprisonment, and her habit of leaving messages for the Doctor on historical artefacts, and the things that were, apparently, to be quietly abandoned - the various new powers the angels seem to have gained."
fandom:doctorwho


Dragonlance
The Dragonlance Chronicles Reread: Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Chapters 17 and 18: Mahvesh Murad and Jared Shurin (blog) - "This week—gully dwarves and draconians."
fandom:dragonlance


Elementary
Elementary 3.24: selenak (DW) - "Still chewing on this one, as a season finale and as an episode both."
fandom:elementary


Empire Trilogy
Rereading The Empire Trilogy: Mistress of Empire, Part 10: Tansy Raynor Roberts (blog) - "This week's chapter is surprisingly untraumatic. I know, right? It's like a lovely holiday from the grief, torture and murder."
fandom:empiretrilogy


The Flash
The Flash Review 1.22 "Rogue Air": Meredith Borders (blog) - "The lesson in this episode: never doubt THE FLASH writers."
fandom:theflash, warning:spoilers


A Closer Look: The Flash - "Rogue Air": The Insightful Panda (blog) - "With only 1 episode left until the Season 1 finale, this episode of The Flash had a lot to accomplish; and that is exactly what it did. Though some could wonder if the pacing of this episode was the best planned."
fandom:theflash, warning:spoilers


Game of Thrones
The naked hypocrisy of Game Of Thrones' nudity: Caroline Siede (blog) - "Yet as Game Of Thrones is crafting nuanced storylines for its female characters, the show is simultaneously presenting nameless naked women for the show's audience to ogle. And that's more than a little disappointing."
fandom:gameofthrones, topic:malegaze, topic:sex


Game of Thrones Discussion, S5E5: Fear Not: Laura Fletcher, Corrin Bennett-Kill, and Cheryl Collins (blog) - "Can our fears set us free? Or do they always enslave us? Does maturity mean not only stepping away from parental protection, but facing – and embracing – the things that terrify us?"
fandom:gameofthrones, warning:spoilers


Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken: Philip Sandifer (blog) - "Except, of course, that this is a lie. There were an infinity of ways for that to be played. And they chose to do it this way. They chose specific alterations to the books that made this inevitable, and so it happened."
fandom:gameofthrones, warning:spoilers, warning:rape


Deconstructed: Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken: Stefan (blog) - "This week, despite some very strong elements, suffers greatly from the total falling apart of one storyline and the divisive use of rape as a plot device by another."
fandom:gameofthrones, warning:spoilers, warning:rape


Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken Open Thread: Johnny (blog) - Open thread to discuss the most recent episode.
fandom:gameofthrones, warning:spoilers


Tailgate, Blood Orange Punch: Johnny (blog) - Compilation of links to discussion of the episode Kill the Boy.
fandom:gameofthrones


"Game of Thrones" politics: Secret missions, desperate lies and the dangerous art of the double-cross: Steven Attewell (blog) - "In this episode, we are constantly reminded of the necessities of lying"
fandom:gameofthrones, warning:spoilers


How "Game of Thrones" ruined Loras Tyrell: HBO's "gay cartoon" is so much more in the books: Steven Attewell (blog) - "George R.R. Martin wrote Loras as roundly as any other Westerosi man, but on HBO, he's just Maergery's gay brother"
fandom:gameofthrones, topic:lgbt


Game of Thrones podcast: Season 5, Episode 5 - "Kill the Boy": (podcast) - What it says on the tin.
fandom:gameofthrones


We Will No Longer Be Promoting HBO's Game of Thrones: Jill Pantozzi (blog) - "Before we dive into why we felt this was a choice which would cause us to stop promoting the show, allow us to say something very important: rape is not a necessary plot device. Really think about that before shouting "creative freedom" in our direction, please."
fandom:gameofthrones, warning:rape, warning:spoilers


Why fans are so upset about Sansa's plot on 'Game of Thrones': Michelle Jaworski (blog) - "Anyone hoping for some sort of happiness for Sansa Stark this season, who finally returned home to Winterfell, had that reality yanked from them, stabbed, and probably stomped on for good measure at the end of "Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken.""
fandom:gameofthrones, warning:rape, warning:spoilers


What is greyscale, the illness looming over 'Game of Thrones': Michelle Jaworski (blog) - "But by showcasing greyscale so heavily this season does that mean that it may hint that the white walkers aren't the only looming threat to Westeros in future seasons and books?"
fandom:gameofthrones, topic:disease


Episode Review: "Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken": Theresa DeLucci (blog) - "Far be it from me to question the wisdom of George R. R. Martin—and I won't because the books are his story—but I would really love to know why the showrunners changed so much of Martin's novels in interesting ways only to negate all their work by not changing events enough."
fandom:gameofthrones, warning:spoilers, warning:rape


Game of Thrones podcast: Season 5, Episode 6 - "Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken": (podcast) - Analysis of the episode.
fandom:gameofthrones, warning:spoilers, warning:rape


Game of Thrones: Sansa Stark's Misery Has Gone Too Far: Julia Hartmann (blog) - "Last release of Game of Thrones ended with a terrible image we cannot erase from our minds. Sansa Stark has been unlucky with men until now, but her marriage with Ramsay Bolton puts a lot of things into perspective."
fandom:gameofthrones, warning:rape, warning:spoilers


Review: Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken: ghostlovesinger (blog) - "It was a microcosm of this entire season so far: brief stretches of greatness punctuated with complete incompetence; last week's masterpiece followed by this week's atrocity. Season 5 has hit a few peaks, but its valleys have been staggering in depth, and to be brutally honest, I'm not sure Game of Thrones is coming back up from this one."
fandom:gameofthrones, warning:spoilers, warning:rape


Game of Thrones, Season 5, Episode 6: Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken: Sparky (blog) - Episode recap followed by some meta comments.
fandom:gameofthrones, warning:spoilers, warning:rape


Return to Westeros: "Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken" Review: Tsunderin (blog) - "If last week Game of Thrones was "heading into darker territory", this week the show did a kick flip off the deep end into some terrible shit."
fandom:gameofthrones, warning:spoilers, warning:rape


Game of Thrones recap: season five, episode six - Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken: Sarah Hughes (blog) - "The harrowing final scene was a major deviation from the books and will undoubtedly upset many readers but I wish solely to discuss whether it worked in terms of the story being told on television – and I would argue that, while horrific and hard to watch, it did."
fandom:gameofthrones, warning:spoilers, warning:rape


Why Sansa Really Kneeled: how sexism shaped Sansa Stark's arc long ago: gotgifsandmusings (Tumblr) - "This difference in approach serves as a commentary on the experience of a girl with the right family name vs. one without, and it is also done with respect to their individual personalities."
fandom:gameofthrones, fandom:asoiaf, topic:adaptations, warning:spoilers, warning:rape


GoT rant - I feel like I'm the odd one out with my reaction: lordhellbore (LJ) - "I wonder: If somebody who was raped wrote about how the depiction of rape on GoT actually helps them cope, would all the people railing against it even consider this person's opinion?"
fandom:gameofthrones, warning:rape


Grace and Frankie
Netflix's 'Grace and Frankie' targets an older generation, then crushes their spirits: Tom Harrington (blog) - "And it's this obvious neediness that makes Grace and Frankie confusing. It's an odd opening salvo for what is essentially Netflix staking its claim on older viewers. So, sure, the stockpiling of decomposing star power makes sense. But did they have to make it so depressing?"
fandom:graceandfrankie


Grimm
The Psychology of Inspirational Women: Grimm's Juliette Silverton: Dr Janina Scarlet (blog) - Psychological analysis of the character in question.
fandom:grimm, topic:psychology, topic:femalecharacter


Grimm, Season 4, Episode 22: Cry Havoc: Sparky (blog) - Episode recap followed by some meta comments.
fandom:grimm, warning:spoilers


H.P. Lovecraft
Epic Cosmic Vistas and Scary Houses - Impressions So Far in the Lovecraft Reread: Ruthanna Emrys and Anne M. Pillsworth (blog) - "Today, not marking any particularly blogging milestone—the Great Race of Yith not-so-gently remind you that time is relative—we're pausing to collect our thoughts and share our impressions of Lovecraft's ouvre so far."
fandom:lovecraft


Harry Potter
The Harry Potter Reread: The Order of the Phoenix, Chapters 9 and 10: Emily Asher-Perrin (blog) - "This week we're going to find out how one is named a Hogwarts prefect and get our first glimpse of a butterbeer cap necklace. It's Chapters 9 and 10–The Woes of Mrs. Weasley and Luna Lovegood."
fandom:harrypotter


The Dursleys Were Mean to Harry Because They're Terrible, Not Because He Was a Horcrux: Emily Asher-Perrin (blog) - "It would be nicer to believe that their abuse was the result of outside sources beyond their control. That said, the theory doesn't stack up when we take a closer look."
fandom:harrypotter


Magical Mondays: When Magical Education is Lacking: MadameAce (blog) - "Yeah, looking back, Hogwarts is nowhere near as wonderful as it first seemed. In fact, it's actually a really horrible place."
fandom:harrypotter


Holy Motors
Recent Film: Holy Motors: rushthatspeaks (DW) - "This is pretty much the standard critical reaction. Everyone agrees that it's a really good movie, but beyond that, things become more difficult."
fandom:holymotors


It Happened One Night
The Push-Pull Perfection of It Happened One Night: Meredith Borders (blog) - "How Frank Capra skipped the schmaltz and delivered an all-time romantic comedy."
fandom:ithappenedonenight


iZombie
On Brains and Surviving: iZombie As An Allegory For Surviving Sexual Assault: Eli Keel (blog) - "But take all things explicitly zombie out of the formula, and you realize that Liv Moore's story is the same story thousands of women experience every year. Liv is a coded survivor of sexual assault."
fandom:izombie, warning:rape


iZombie, Season 1, Episode 9: Patriot Brains: Sparky (blog) - Episode recap followed by some meta comments.
fandom:izombie, warning:spoilers


James Bond
Bond Girl: Re-Watching and Re-Evaluating On Her Majesty's Secret Service: Zina Hutton (blog) - "Aside from a few incidences of violence towards women and racism, I found a lot to like about the film and Lazenby's Bond."
fandom:jamesbond


Jane the Virgin
How Jane the Virgin makes "OMG moments" work: Vivian Obarski (blog) - "The show is seriously filled with OMG moments — I mean, the insemination that kicks off the whole show is the original OMG moment — and it hasn't let up at all."
fandom:janethevirgin


Jem and the Holograms
Outrageous: How the Jem and the Holograms Movie Completely Misses the Point: Cat Conway (blog) - "This film presents us little more than yet another anemic tale of Girl Bands Gone Mild and completely misses the point of what made Jem so significant in the first place."
fandom:jemandtheholograms, topic:adaptations


JRR Tolkien
Tolkien would have wanted his works to inspire fanfiction: jaredmith (LJ) - He knew full well no great mythology is formed entirely from the mind of only one person. And I include in that both adding to the continuity and creating alternate continuities.
fandom:jrrtolkien, topic:fanfic


One does not simply fly into Mordor Benita J. Prins (blog) - "Sure, The Lord of the Rings is a great story, but you have to admit that it does have a huge plot hole. Why didn't they just fly on the Eagles into Mordor and drop the Ring into Mount Doom? That would've been so much easier, as well as quicker!"
fandom:jrrtolkien


From where did the dragons came in Tolkien lore?: The One Ring Forums (forum) - Discussion of dragons in Tolkien
fandom:jrrtolkien


"I sit beside the fire and think" interpretations: The One Ring Forums (forum) - "I was interested in people's interpretations and reactions to reading this poem."
fandom:jrrtolkien


Science's Love Affair with The Lord of the Rings: Julie Beck (journal) - Mostly notable for the other meta it links.
fandom:jrrtolkien, topic:science


Jupiter Ascending
Review: Jupiter Ascending: Jenny Cee (blog) - "Jupiter Ascending, you either hate it with a passion or you are love it. There is no in-between with this movie."
fandom:jupiterascending


Kingsman
Review: Kingsman: The Secret Service: Jenny Cee (blog) - "No one can quite put their finger on why Kingsmen went from a small obscure fandom, to being the next it movie fandom."
fandom:kingsman


Legend of Zelda
Gossip Stone: The Various Cultural Influences in the Zelda Series: Andrew Kiser (blog) - "Despite being created by a Japanese company, the Zelda series is predominately influenced by European medieval fantasy."
fandom:legendofzelda


Zelda Dungeon Talks: Is It Necessary For Zelda, Link and Ganondorf To Be Present In Each Zelda Game?: Josh Tasaico (blog) - "With all this being said is it really necessary to include Link, Zelda and Ganondorf in each Zelda game? Nintendo apparently didn't think so but how about you?"
fandom:legendofzelda


Mad Max
The Hype is Real. Mad Max: Fury Road is One of The Best Films of the Year: Leah Schnelbach (blog) - "The first half hour of Mad Max: Fury Road may be the greatest action movie I've ever seen. But then the film keeps going, keeps piling on more cars and more explosions and more perfectly choreographed fight scenes, and quickly becomes one of the best movies I've ever seen, period."
fandom:madmax


Untitled: lierdumoa, for-the-other-shoe, eabevella (Tumblr) - "None of the people, including the villains, call Furiosa a "bitch" for all I can remember, which is a common thing for movie villains to say to a female protagonist."
fandom:madmax, warning:spoilers


Movie Review: Mad Max Fury Road: Carrie S. (blog) - "RedheadedGirl and I saw Mad Max Fury Road and now we are all ready to storm the barricades of patriarchy with improbable vehicles."
fandom:madmax, warning:spoilers


Myth vs. Continuity In The Mad Max Series: Evan Saathoff (blog) - "Why it doesn't really matter that Mel Gibson isn't in FURY ROAD."
fandom:madmax


NOC Reviews Mad Max: Fury Road: Ren Hsieh (blog) - "Miller has taken the uncompromising arthouse nature of the original Mad Max movies, and combined it with 30 years of experience and the technology to create the fully realized, seemingly impossible world of Fury Road."
fandom:madmax


The Mad Max Trilogy: Look Back in Anger: Hubert Vigilla (blog) - "Let's look at each Mad Max film individually and figure out how they riff on and complement each other."
fandom:madmax


Oops! I Made a Feminist Manifesto: George Miller and "Mad Max": Sara Stewart (blog) - "Even more intriguing, though, is the way the director himself described how feminism apparently snuck its way into "Fury Road.""
fandom:madmax, warning:spoilers


Don't Tell Me Anything Else About Fury Road's Doof Warrior: Devin Faraci (blog) - "Knowing more about a cool character isn't always a good thing."
fandom:madmax, warning:spoilers


Episode 359: Mad Max: The Threat of Abrasion is Ever Present: The Overthinking It Podcast (podcast) - Analysis of Mad Max: Fury Road.
fandom:madmax, warning:spoilers


Mad Max: Fury Road: George Miller's Feminist Answer to His Own Franchise?: Sasha James (blog) - "Calling it "feminist propaganda," Men's Rights Activists boycotted the latest Mad Max installment in advance of its film release, citing Furiosa's apparent "replacement" of Max in his own franchise as enough justification to use the word propaganda as a descriptor for a summer blockbuster."
fandom:madmax, warning:spoilers


Review: Mad Max: Fury Road Is a Lovely Orgasm for Your Eyes: Jill Pantozzi (blog) - "You've watched the trailers. You've heard the feminist buzz and the anti-feminist cries. Now let us tell you what we thought about George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road."
fandom:madmax, warning:spoilers


Incredibly Peeved Men's Rights Activists Call for Boycott of Mad Max, Are Unintentionally Hilarious: Carolyn Cox (blog) - "If a movie's depiction of women is upsetting to Men's Rights Activists, then said movie is probably awesome. A+ performance, Charlize Theron. Dudes are literally terrified that you'll act them all into becoming feminists."
fandom:madmax, topic:sexism


'Mad Max: Fury Road' is everything you've heard and so much more: Aja Romano (blog) - "By now, you've probably heard an incredible amount of hype for Mad Max: Fury Road: that it's a non-stop car chase, an unabashedly feminist thrill ride, the bane of misogynists, and a critic's wet dream."
fandom:madmax, warning:spoilers


'Mad Max: Fury Road' doesn't live up to the hype: Spike Friedman (blog) - "In exchange for visuals that are occasionally mind-blowing, you'll be forced to give up any sense of characterization or a coherent world."
fandom:madmax, warning:spoilers


Everything you need to know about Mad Max before 'Fury Road': David Wharton (blog) - "Well, if you're in that camp but you've been intrigued by Fury Road's bonkers-epic trailers and the solid pre-release buzz, consider this your primer for everything you need to know about Mad Max before you see Fury Road."
fandom:madmax


Wives, Warlords and Refugees: The People Economy of Mad Max: Kameron Hurley (blog) - "And this is where this film gets all the violence-against-women stuff right, because it boldly and frankly positions it for what it is, stripping it of the male gaze, of sexuality, of uncontrollable male urges."
fandom:madmax, warning:spoilers


'Mad Max: Fury Road' Review: The Ultimate Car Chase Movie: Matt Singer (blog) - "Fury Road is an incredible achievement, one that strains so hard at the leash of the possible that it eventually breaks free and barrels headlong into the realm of insane genius."
fandom:madmax, warning:spoilers


Review: Mad Max: Fury Road Is A Bonkers Masterpiece: Rebecca Pahle (blog) - "What it also is, as my friends and I marveled after seeing the movie, is a two-hour car chase that never gets boring once."
fandom:madmax, warning:spoilers


The most shocking thing about Mad Max: Fury Road is its restraint: Susana Polo (blog) - "The most surprising is the fact that in a film full of vehicular slaughter and in which the titular character is imprisoned for the value of his blood, visible gore in the film is reserved exclusively for major plot moments."
fandom:madmax, warning:spoilers


what a lovely day: ladysisyphus (LJ) - "Yes, it is as good as everyone is saying. Yes, it takes everything that doesn't pass the Bechdel test, douses it in gasoline, and sets it on fire. No, you don't have to know a single ding-dang thing about the other movies first."
fandom:madmax, warning:spoilers


Why Fury Road is most certainly feminist: yukinoko (Tumblr) - "this is a response to Feminist Frequency's (Anita Sarkeesian) slew of tweets about Mad Max: Fury Road, which I first saw here on rubycue's blog (tweet photo credit to rubycue, I tried to reblog this traditionally as a response but either i am ignorant or you just can't do it, so I am creating my own post)"
fandom:madmax, warning:spoilers


Mad Men
The Speculative Fiction of Mad Men: Gilbert Colon (blog) - "Weiner's seven-season reality-based ad-men drama is so rife with references that at times it almost threatens to rocket into realms of fantastique fiction."
fandom:madmen


The Annotated Mad Men: Don Draper Buys The World A Coke: Devin Faraci (blog) - "The final episode of Mad Men is perhaps the greatest finale in the history of television, a last episode that works on a character level - we see all these characters we love coming to a places of happiness that leave us satisfied - and that works on a thematic level, a final bit that wraps up so much of what Matthew Weiner has been saying all along… and still leaves us with deep, and sort of endless, questions."
fandom:madmen


Mad Men Series Finale Discussion: "Person to Person": Dan Van Winkle (blog) - "We don't usually cover Mad Men, but we couldn't contain our feelings about the finale, and we're guessing some of you feel the same!"
fandom:madmen


The problem with Matthew Weiner's 'Mad Men' finale: Aja Romano (blog) - "Although it was overshadowed by fan theories like the popular D.B. Cooper theory and the Megan-as-Sharon-Tate theory, last night's Mad Men series finale ended with a twist that many people have predicted over the years."
fandom:madmen, warning:spoilers


The Mad Men Finale and The Mantra Of Don Draper: Film Crit Hulk (blog) - "Hulk on how the final episode was the exact conclusion this series deserves."
fandom:madmen, warning:spoilers


On The Finale of Mad Men: Rachel A (blog) - "There is a very narrow middle ground at which a finale remains both emotionally and narratively substantive, while also providing genuine catharsis and resolution. Matthew Weiner stuck that very difficult landing last night and preserved his show's brilliant legacy with grace and poise."
fandom:madmen, warning:spoilers


Malazan
Malazan Reread of the Fallen: Orb Sceptre Throne, Book Wrap: Amanda Rutter and Bill Capossere (blog) - "In this article, we'll cover our overall responses to Ian Cameron Esslemont's Orb Sceptre Throne."
fandom:malazan


Marvel Cinematic Universe
'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Character Report Card: Andrew Wheeler (blog) - "Now millions know these characters and could probably pick them out of a line-up. But the non-comics audience knows slightly different versions of the characters than the ones we might be used to."
fandom:mcu, warning:spoilers


Marvel Cinematic Universe/DC Cinematic Universe
The Avengers vs. 'Man of Steel': Sonny Bunch (newspaper) - "All of which is to say that I think Kate Erbland is basically right when she suggests that the real foe in "Avengers: Age of Ultron" isn't a super-powered AI but 2013's "Man of Steel.""
fandom:mcu, fandom:dccu, warning:spoilers


Marvel Comics
Apologies for all the random Daredevil thoughts:__marcelo (LJ) - "I keep thinking what a great kingpin Matt could have been. Not in the sense of the comics' Daredevil-as-Kingpin storyline, which was basically "Daredevil hits people until they leave," but as a Fisk-like character. If he dedicated himself to it, he could know every secret whispered in the city."
fandom:marvelcomics


The Messengers
The Messengers, Season 1, Episode 5: Eye in the Sky: Sparky (blog) - Episode recap followed by some meta comments.
fandom:themessengers, warning:spoilers


Naruto
Birthing the Ninja Way: Motherhood, Sons, and War in Naruto: Vernieda Vergara (blog) - "I'm talking about how the world of Naruto is one characterized by war, violence, and a thirst for power, and how it is ultimately reflected in the relationships mothers have with their sons."
fandom:naruto, topic:motherhood


The Originals
Klaus And Betrayals:ineeddatkayley (tumblr) - "Betrayal is the breaking or violation of a presumptive contract, trust, or confidence that produces moral and psychological conflict within a relationship amongst individuals, between organizations or between individuals and organizations."
fandom:theoriginals



Orphan Black
Orphan Black, Season 3, Episode 5: Scarred by Many Past Frustrations: Sparky (blog) - Episode recap followed by some meta commentary.
fandom:orphanblack, warning:spoilers


Orphan Black: "Scarred by Many Past Frustrations" Review: Lady Saika (blog) - "This week's episode was titled "Scarred By Many Past Frustrations", and it's totally on point, as it seems the story is structured around how our characters are reacting to and growing from their Past Frustrations."
fandom:orphanblack, warning:spoilers


Outlander
Outlander Episode 14: The Search: Redheadedgirl (blog) - Episode recap followed by discussion among the bloggers at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books.
fandom:outlander, warning:spoilers


Penitentiary
Everyone's Into Weirdness: Penitentiary (1979): Jacob Knight (blog) - "Jamaa Fanaka's prison boxing movie packs a bigger punch than you might think."
fandom:penitentiary


Penny Dreadful
Penny Dreadful, Season 2, Episode 2: Verbis Diablo: Sparky (blog) - Episode recap followed by some meta content.
fandom:pennydreadful, warning:spoilers


Penny Dreadful, Season 2, Episode 3: The Nightcomers: Sparky (blog) - Episode recap followed by some meta comments.
fandom:pennydreadful, warning:spoilers


Five Things About Penny Dreadful Are Better Than Ever (And One's Not): Genevieve Valentine (blog) - "Last night, High Gothic returned to TV, as Penny Dreadful picked up its second season almost exactly where it left off and threw an even campier enemy at Vanessa Ives and company. Here's the five best parts, and one problem."
fandom:pennydreadful, warning:spoilers


London Throws An Amazing Date Night On Penny Dreadful: Genevieve Valentine (blog) - "In Penny Dreadful, the world's so small almost any characters work well together, and the show knows. "Verbis Diablo" turns London into a date night – by turns charming, campy, and creepy as hell."
fandom:pennydreadful, warning:spoilers


Penny Dreadful Gives Us An Amazing Superhero Origin Story: Genevieve Valentine (blog) - "So far, Penny Dreadful's flashbacks exist to be as Gothic as possible. But while "The Nightcomers" is definitely that, it's also one of the best superhero origin stories on TV this year."
fandom:pennydreadful, warning:spoilers


Phantasm
A Look Back At The Deliberate Uncertainty of The Phantasm Films: Brian Collins (blog) - "As far as unlikely franchises go, Don Coscarelli's Phantasm has to be near the top of the list, at least for horror films."
fandom:phantasm


Pitch Perfect 2
Review: Pitch Perfect 2 Is Funny, Catchy, and Aca-Uncomfortable: Carolyn Cox (blog) - "It's easier to turn off the critical part of your brain and give yourself permission to enjoy a movie despite its problematic elements when you're not going in with the intent to review it, so there's a fair chance you're going to like Pitch Perfect 2 more than I did."
fandom:pitchperfect


Pitch Perfect 2: Aca-Alright: Emi M (blog) - "With compelling characters and a promising premise, Pitch Perfect 2 had all the makings of a great film. However, half-formed plotlines and some misdirected attempts at comedy made the movie lukewarm at best."
fandom:pitchperfect


Pitch Perfect 2: Another One for the Forgettable Sequel Pile: Rebecca Pahle (blog) kind of wish I absolutely hated Pitch Perfect 2, so I could title this review "Pitch Perfect Ew" or, if I'm feeling particularly saucy, "Pitch Perfect Poo.""
fandom:pitchperfect


The Red Shoes
The Real Tragedy of The Red Shoes Is That We'll Never Have Another Blockbuster Like It: Britt Hayes (blog) - "Continuing this month's blockbuster film coverage, a look back at a masterpiece that could never be nearly as successful today."
fandom:theredshoes


Saga
Saga and Trauma: Phillip Smith (blog) - "Saga is a comic about war, not only the actuality of war but the politics, and, perhaps most profoundly, the psychological and social reverberations of conflict."
fandom:saga


Salem
Salem: The Real Problem with the Show: aelarsen (blog) - "But for all the serious errors the show makes, I think the real problem lies elsewhere, with the very concept of the show."
fandom:salem, topic:history


Shameless
Untitled: ohjafeeljadefinitelyfeel (tumblr) - "what I feel most strongly about fanfiction is its direct relation to romance writing. before I discovered fanfiction, romance fiction was my genre. there are so many parallels between romance fiction and fanfiction,"
fandom:shameless


Sherlock
On Wank: marta_bee (tumblr) - "Sometimes wank can be an artform, it can be fun if done well, and it can keep people from taking themselves too seriously."
fandom:bbcsherlock


Untitled: ivyblossom (Tumblr) - "Yeah, analysis is good. Not sure it's a duty, to be honest, but I'm in favour of close textual reading. Let's do some of that on this "queerbaiting" argument you've presented to me."
fandom:bbcsherlock, topic:queerbaiting


Untitled: ivyblossom, enjoytheelephant, mathildia (Tumblr) - "While we might be in "johnlock hell," which, I presume, is best described as the tension we feel as an audience when John and Sherlock's relationship remains unresolved, I feel compelled to point out that making characters suffer, and then suffer some more, and then making them fall apart psychologically, and then forcing them to suffer again, is one of the most enjoyable things in life for writers."
fandom:bbcsherlock



Sherlock Holmes
Canon Discussion - The Yellow Face: sherlock60 (LJ) - "This week we're having a look at The Yellow Face."
fandom:acdsherlock


Shingeki no Kyojin
SnK 69 Thoughts: ghostmartyr (Tumblr) - "This chapter fleshes out a lot of different things, but I think that Kenny being a cowboy remains a complete mystery."
fandom:shingekinokyojin


A Song of Ice and Fire
A Read of Ice and Fire: A Dance with Dragons, Part 20: Leigh Butler (blog) - "Today's entry is Part 20 of A Dance With Dragons, in which we cover Chapter 33 ("Tyrion") and Chapter 34 ("Bran")."
fandom:asoiaf


Untitled: asoiafuniversity (Tumblr) - "I do believe every single Northern Lord outside of Winterfell's walls think that Jeyne is Arya. And that includes Moors (Crowfood) Umber. Because it's clear that those on the outside are willing to wage war for her and raise an army."
fandom:asoiaf


Top Characters #13 Bran Stark: Big Little Grandpa (blog) - "He could be so many different things. And, really, he already is so many different things - we've been watching him grow and change this whole time."
fandom:asoiaf


Chapter-by-Chapter Analysis: Jon IV, ACOK: Steven Attewell (blog) - "Jon IV is a bit of an odd duck, in that it's really more about setting a mood and describing an environment rather than exploring character, and there's really only one plot point that happens."
fandom:asoiaf


On George Martin, ladies of ASOIAF, and being 'feminist writer': qvcksilver (Tumblr) - "This long-ass post was brought to you by me starting my latest ASOIAF reread focusing exclusively on the ladies, plus some acutely on-point tag meta by him-e re: Martin's approach to female characters."
fandom:asoiaf, topic:femalecharacter


Daario's Ominously Mysterious Past: madeinmyr (Tumblr) - "Daario repeatedly boasts of his physical prowess but tells no tales of his past exploits and travels, a fairly significant bit of information to withhold in light of what we know about other far ranging sell swords"
fandom:asoiaf


The Terrible Tale of Jeyne Poole: leftways (blog) - "Of all the tales told throughout the A Song of Ice & Fire series, the one that stands out as the most tragic has to be that of Jeyne Poole."
fandom:asoiaf, warning:rape


Untitled: poorquentyn (Tumblr) - "Great question; a Stark-Tyrell alliance is one of my favorite ASOIAF hypotheticals to play around with, and it's explicitly teased more than once in the text"
fandom:asoiaf


Dornish Letter Theory: amin-j (Tumblr) - "I think that there are nuggets of truth in the descriptions on what the Dornish Letter was about."
fandom:asoiaf


The Sound of Music
Episode 27: The Sound of Music: The Canon (podcast) - "Each episode of the show has found us sort of struggling with what the boundaries of the Canon are, with how much a movie needs to be important versus how much it needs to be good, and I think The Sound of Music really tests us."
fandom:thesoundofmusic


Star Wars
Rethinking The Phantom Menace:Doug (blog) - "It wasn't perfect, and there is valid criticism,2 but I genuinely enjoyed seeing the Phantom Menace. I like the movie. I said it."
fandom:starwars



Sunrise
Tribeca Film Festival Review: Sunrise: Siddhant Adlakha (blog) - "Partho Sen-Gupta's Sunrise really is a technical marvel, one that paints images that are simultaneously surreal and picturesque, while capturing the debaucherous heart of Mumbai's back alleys in the most operatic manner."
fandom:sunrise


Supernatural
Supernatural, Season 10, Episode 22: The Prisoner: Sparky (blog) - Episode recap followed by some meta comments.
fandom:supernatural, warning:spoilers


Supernatural: The Tree and The Apple: cupidsbower, pimp-shark (Tumblr) - "The question is, are they really Team Free Will, or are they actually Team Determinism?"
fandom:supernatural


Random unpredictable thoughts after seeing "Dark Dynasty.": tyrsibs(LJ) - "Another criticism of the show's storytelling is that it has become repetitive, but again, I think this is a short-sighted view. I see a cyclical pattern, a wheel of fate or destiny centering on the Winchesters that they are either unwilling or unable to stop.."
fandom:supernatural


The Ten Commandments
The Ten Commandments and The Death Of Epics: Andrew Todd (blog) - "There are no epics anymore; no films that take up the entirety of your night, that span epochs in their narratives and inspire total awe in audiences."
fandom:thetencommandments, topic:movies


Tomorrowland
Tomorrowland Review: There's No Future In This Movie: Devin Faraci (blog) - "The future ain't what it used to be, says Tomorrowland, and it says it again and again."
fandom:tomorrowland, warning:spoilers


Brad Bird Fails To Take Flight With Tomorrowland [Review]: Rebecca Pahle (blog) - "Within its very first scene, Tomorrowland commits a cardinal storytelling sin: It nukes it stakes."
fandom:tomorrowland, warning:spoilers


Twin Peaks
The Twin Peaks Log: S.2 E.9: Romona Williams (blog) - "It was bittersweet watching this episode, considering the now uncertain fate of Twin Peaks season 3."
fandom:twinpeaks


Usagi Yojimbo
What's So Great About Usagi Yojimbo? Everything: Chris Sims (blog) - "But since you asked, here's the big deal with Usagi Yojimbo: Stan Sakai's been doing this comic for over thirty years, and he hasn't done a bad issue yet."
fandom:manga


The Vampire Diaries
Vampire Diaries, Season 6, Episode 22: I'm Thinking of You All The While: Sparky (blog) - Episode recap followed by some meta comments.
fandom:thevampirediaries, warning:spoilers


Untitled: lostgirltamsin (tumblr) - "SO like I am loving, loving seeing Damon and Bonnie redefine the parameters of their relationship now that they're not in 1994"
fandom:thevampirediaries



The Water Diviner
Movie Review: The Water Diviner: Redheadedgirl (blog) - "This is a WWI drama about a father who lost his three sons to the Gallipoli campaign, and goes, after the war, to find their bodies and bring them home."
fandom:thewaterdiviner


Wheel of Time
The Wheel of Time Reread Redux: The Great Hunt, Part 1: Leigh Butler (blog) - "Today's Redux post will cover the Prologue of The Great Hunt"
fandom:wheeloftime


Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman and the Paternal Narrative: the Rise of Wonder Woman, the Fall of Women: Doctor Bifrost (blog) - "But it's actually a discussion of the almost-universal Paternal Narrative, the scarce-as-hen's-teeth Maternal Narrative, and the way female-centric stories are represented (or not) in DC Comics and elsewhere—all seen through the lens of Wonder Woman #1-35."
fandom:dccomics, topic:history, topic:sexism


X-Men
Why the death of Wolverine is good for 'X-Men': Dan Marcus (blog) - "As Ethan Anderson of FirstShowing.Net says, "[Jackman's departure is] the perfect way to set up the First Class franchise to continue and have plenty of mutants to keep the story going.""
fandom:x-men


Yellowbrickroad
Yellowbrickroad (2010) - Expectations and disappointments: yuuago (DW) - "This was one of those films that starts off with a great idea, but doesn't manage to pull it off. Sometimes, films like that almost succeed - they aren't as good as they could be, but they still manage to put together a coherent story. This wasn't one of those."
fandom:yellowbrickroad


Zero Motivation
Zero Motivation (2014): marina (DW) - "Because there is this huge, gaping, chasm-like lack of narrative films about women in the IDF, because essentially any movie you make on this theme is going to get recognition for being groundbreaking and will be popular simply because people hunger to see themselves represented (the same thing happened with the first movie about gay men in the IDF, which was a huge commercial success), I assumed that Talia Lavie's film would be the story of an average girl caught amidst wacky characters in the middle of nowhere. It would an uncomplicated, fairly generic, appealing-to-a-broad-audience film, it would be successful and remarkable. "
fandom:zeromotivation

Date: 2015-05-22 09:27 pm (UTC)
turlough: art of Frank Iero asking a question ((mcr art) excuse me?)
From: [personal profile] turlough
Psst, you have an unclosed link under Penitentiary.

Date: 2015-05-23 01:37 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] renay
Thanks for compiling these! I always find them so useful. <3

Date: 2015-05-23 12:07 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jainas
Lot's of great meta on many subject, thank you for taking the time to ompile !

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